When it comes to sculpting your facial features with makeup for a customized and personalized result, contouring is what undoubtedly comes to mind. A highly popularized method that mimics shadow to create the illusion of a more favourable facial structure, it uses makeup techniques to reshape, define, or enhance the various aspects of your individual face. Formerly reserved for beauty experts because of its complexity, sculpting is now made more accessible since makeup companies like L'Oréal Paris are creating easy to use contouring products, so you can get red carpet level definition at home!
The new L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Contour Palette helps you sculpt your face in less than a minute. Get The Look is here to help you learn the perfect contouring style for your face shape. Here's how to do it!
The goal when contouring a round face is to add balance by creating angles to slim down areas where you want more definition. To do this, start by applying the lightest shade from the palette to the centre of the forehead and the tops of the cheekbones. Then, apply the darker shade underneath the cheekbones and jawline. Be sure to blend everything together well so there are no harsh lines.
Oval shaped faces tend to be the most desirable when it comes to makeup application. To bring out your features, apply the highlight shade form the palette on the centre of your forehead, the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the centre of the chin. With the contour shade, blend into the hairline, the hollows of the cheeks, and the sides of the nose (if you have a long nose that already has a narrow bridge avoid this step). Don't forget to blend, blend, blend!
Square faces are pretty angular already, so the goal when contouring and highlighting the face is to soften the features rather than make them appear more defined. Start by applying the lighter shade in the palette on the centre of the forehead, cupids bow, chin, top of the cheekbones, and bridge of the nose to bring light to the face. With a light hand, apply the contour shade on the edges of the forehead and underneath the cheekbones. Avoid the jawline as this will give your face an even sharper appearance.
If you have a heart shaped face, you want to use the sculpting method to give volume to the bottom of your face, while narrowing out the top. Starting with your jaw, Place the highlight shade on the centre of your chin and blend across the top of your jawline. Refine your forehead by applying the darker shade at the base of your hairline, on your temples, and at the tip of your chin to make it look shorter. Don't forget to blend away any visible lines.
And there you have it! You can create a look that is customizable for your own face shape using the Infallible Pro-Contour Palette. Since every face shape is different, be sure to experiment with your own to find out what best works for you.